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A summer fiesta for kids in Mumbai, the 11th Habitat Film Festival and a Gond painting workshop in Chennai

The Sked
The Sked

mumbai culture
Actor, Writer, Shutterbug And Clown

The eagerly awaited NCPA summer fiesta for children is back. A package full of fun and learning, the six-week-long fest will feature workshops and plays by some of the finest trainers and theatre groups—over 20 plays by Akvarious, Yatri, Gillo, Rangbaaz and Ansh, and around 30 workshops by the likes of Meherzad Patel, Shawn Williams and Kruti Parekh. Initiated with the objective to provide an exciting and educative platform for children to spend their summer break, the grand fair has grown with every year. The activities also include dance, photography, puppetry, art, craft, creative writing, poetry and  animation film-making. This year its innovative workshops include Drama Madness, Clown School and Magic in the Mundane, which will teach youngsters the nuances of writing for the stage, building up a clownish acting persona, working on one’s self-confidence and various acting techniques. The theatre workshops will help them tell stories and teach them movement on the stage. Along with this, the kids will be taught Chhau dance, told tales of Shakespeare and given the chance to be radio jockeys. Ending the series of workshops on a comical note will be Anubav Pal, a well-known comedian, with a special comedy workshop. Children between the ages of 4 years and 18 years are sure to find something that interests them in this carnival. Till June 12, National Centre for the Performing Arts

delhi film
Begum Saheba’s Last Stand

Known for showcasing the best of pan-Indian Cinema, the 11th Habitat Film Festival provides an opportunity of complete imm­ersion in the art of cinematic stalwarts. Started 16 years ago, the Habitat Film Club is a member of the Federation of Film Societies of India. With an aim to screen and debate world cinema, the club has organised interactions with leading auteurs and actors like Shyam Benegal, Rituparno Ghosh and Shabana Azmi. A multitude of films, ranging from directorial debuts, new works by masters or pathbreaking films are presented. This year’s list includes Kaushik Ganguly’s Cinemawala, a tribute to old films; Sumit Khanna’s The Man who Dwarfed the Mountains, about the life and passion of a man who changed the paradigm of environment activism India and Srijit Mukherji’s Rajkahini, which narrates the story of a brothel owner trying to save her business against the backdrop of the Partition. Till May 15, India Habitat Centre

This Too

Bangalore Music He was a saint and a poet. Tales of Kabir are legendary in their own right and are recounted in Shabd Dhun Laagi by a musician duo. On May 21, Manpho Convention Centre

And Also

chennai art
As Trees Speak

An exhibition cum workshop in Chennai teaches enthusiasts the basics of Gond painting. Gonds are one of central India’s largest indi­genous people and their art is an expression of their everyday quest for life. Drawing INS­­piration from myths and legends to the motifs of daily life, Gond art is also a surrealistic whirl of emotions. Also on display are two other art forms—Chi­t­t­ara, which are intricate patterns representing auspicious rituals of life, all symbolised through geometric patterns, and Kurumba, a unique art form emerging from the Nil­giris. Finally, there is a session on leather puppet making, a traditional art form from Andhra. Till May 15, DakshinaChitra

calcutta theatre
With The Drums

Presenting a theatrical evening with the plays The Convict and Gupi Bagha Returns are Bod­naam The­­atre Group and Pande­monium. Sta­­rted by two theatre enthusiasts, Bodnaam will present The Convict, where three people go through hardships to acc­omplish their goals and cross roads with each other. Pand­emonium’s Gupi Bagha Retu­rns is a cine-theatre fus­ion drawing from the two famous characters crea­ted by Upend­ra­kishore Raych­oudhuri. Here they head for the jungle, where they meet the king of ghosts, a scene immortalised by Satyajit Ray. On May 11, Gyan Mancha

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